Two Spaces or One?

I attended a writing workshop last week presented by author and teacher Jessica Barksdale Inclan where to spoke about point of view, voice, and a number of other topics related to writing. For instance, did you know that prologues are out and no other verb should replace “said” or “asked” in dialogue tags?

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Looking for Writing Contests?

Poets & Writers magazine is one of the most trusted resources for legitimate contests.

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So Much for Spell Check

Having finished my second novel, Staying Afloat, I had a proof copy printed to see how it would look in trade paperback. I then asked a friend of mine who is an avid reader and very good editor to read it and give me her feedback. When I received the book back with her comments, I was shocked at how many typos she found.

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How to Make Every Word Count!

One of the most challenging parts of writing a novel is choosing specific nouns and action verbs that convey exactly what you want to portray.

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Want to Digitally Sign Your Ebooks?

Sign up with Kindlegraph and register your book. You’ll get a notification by email when someone wants your autograph.

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Why Read Your Novel Out Loud?

The other day, I was being interviewed on a blogtalkradio show, and the interviewer asked me to read a passage from my novel. Luckily, I already had a couple of places marked from when I had read at another event.

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How Writers Can Get the Most Out of Blogging

In building my author platform over the last two years, I’ve learned how to blog smarter. What does that mean? It means focusing on where my posts will get the most exposure, which isn’t necessarily just on my own site.

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How to Craft a Pitch That Will Land an Agent

I’ve finished my second novel, STAYING AFLOAT. The picture at the left is a potential cover. Now, I’m working on condensing my pitch down to one sentence, which is harder than writing the whole darn book!

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What Is Genre Fiction?

Have you ever wondered what the definition of genre fiction is and how it’s categorized?

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So You Want to Write a Memoir

Before you do, check out this New York Times article by Neil Genzlinger. We are have a story to tell, but is it book-worthy?

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